In­ven­tion helps to set proper an­tibi­otic doses

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

Chi­nese sci­en­tists have de­vel­oped a pro­to­type in­stru­ment to quickly de­ter­mine the level of an­tibi­otic re­sis­tance in cells in­fect­ing a pa­tient, thereby al­low­ing more pre­cise ad­min­is­tra­tion of the drugs. The de­vice was un­veiled re­cently by the Qing­dao In­sti­tute of Bioen­ergy and Bio­pro­cess Tech­nol­ogy of the Chi­nese Academy of Sciences, which said it was the first of its kind in the world. It can de­ter­mine the level of re­sis­tance in sam­ple cells within three hours with­out the need to grow more cells in a lab. Ex­ist­ing meth­ods typ­i­cally take 24 to 48 hours, said Ma Bo, a re­search fel­low at the in­sti­tute. Wide­spread an­timi­cro­bial re­sis­tance and the as­so­ci­ated rise of su­per­bugs is a ma­jor pub­lic health threat. One lead­ing cause is the mis­use or overuse of an­tibi­otics due to in­cor­rect as­sess­ments of how much is needed.

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